iBOL Board Member and Scientific Director
Chair, WG 3.1 – Informatics: Core Functionality
Dr. Paul D. N. Hebert is the Scientific Director of iBOL and Director of both the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and the Canadian Barcode of Life Network. A native of Kingston (Ontario), Dr. Hebert completed his undergraduate work at Queen’s University, his PhD in genetics at Cambridge University and postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Sydney and at the Natural History Museum in London. He took up a faculty position at the University of Windsor in 1976 where he remained until repositioning to the University of Guelph in 1990 where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity. Over his career, Dr. Hebert has served as Director of the Great Lakes Institute at Windsor, as Chair of the Department of Zoology at Guelph, and as Chairman of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews. He has published more than 300 papers, has received varied national and international scientific awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His 2003 research paper proposing a database of DNA barcodes identifying all species is regarded as the beginning of the global barcode enterprise.